South Asia

Bangladesh closes university over World Cup violence

Kamruzaman is a Brazil fan
Image caption Many Bangladeshis support Argentina and Brazil

Authorities in Bangladesh have closed a leading university indefinitely after students went on a rampage demanding to be allowed to watch the World Cup on TV.

Fights broke out at the University of Engineering and Technology in the capital Dhaka when some senior students said they wanted classes to continue.

Four students were hurt in the clashes.

Bangladesh's national team did not qualify for the finals but the country is gripped by World Cup fever.

The national team is ranked a lowly 157th in the world.

Earlier, authorities had asked factories to stop work in the evenings to ensure there was enough electricity for people to watch World Cup matches on televisions.

The government's request followed protests over power cuts which have interrupted coverage of the football. Angry fans attacked several distribution centres.

Businessmen have raised concerns the move will affect production.

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